Introduction to CAD with Tinkercad and Fusion 360

Engineering
Level
Beginner
Software
Fusion 360Tinkercad
Time
1-5 hours
In this course, we'll use both Autodesk® Tinkercad™ and Autodesk® Fusion 360™ to create and modify a simple CAD design for digital manufacture. We'll begin by using Tinkercad to create an eco-friendly design for a carrier bag holder. We'll take that design further using Fusion 360 CAD/CAM. This...

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In this course, we'll use both Autodesk® Tinkercad™ and Autodesk® Fusion 360™ to create and modify a simple CAD design for digital manufacture. We'll begin by using Tinkercad to create an eco-friendly design for a carrier bag holder. We'll take that design further using Fusion 360 CAD/CAM.

This beginner level CAD course is ideal for those who are new to 3D modeling software and are interested in exploring how CAD can be used to create professional 3D models and prototypes. The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the initial design in Tinkercad then show you how to send this to Fusion 360, where you'll add features for digital manufacture, create technical drawings, and produce photorealistic cloud renders. At the end of the course, you'll be able to apply your new 3D modeling skills and knowledge to create professional CAD models and prototypes for all your own concepts.

If you’re looking to take your CAD designs to the next level, this short course has been developed to guide you through the process and have you up and running in developing CAD designs, photorealistic cloud renders, and technical drawings for professional 3D models.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Use Tinkercad to model, align and group parts, cut holes, add custom text, and specify dimensions.
  • Use Tinkercad to export and download designs for laser cutting and 3D printing, send designs to Autodesk® Fusion 360™ and 3D communities.
  • Use Fusion 360 to create and modify parts for 3D printing, as well as create technical drawings, inspect, measure and join parts using assembly modeling techniques.
  • Use Fusion 360 to assign physical materials and appearances to CAD models, and set up and create photorealistic cloud renders of your designs.

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Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • Tinkercad_Get_Started.video.zip 45.64 MB
  • Course_Resources.zip 2.51 MB
  • Fusion 360 User Interface Update Overview.mp4_.zip 17.41 MB

Instructor guide Introduction to CAD with Tinkercad and Fusion 360 - Instructor guide

  • Instructor Guide.pdf 16.17 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 1: Create a half sphere with keyring holder In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a half sphere with keyring attachment using Tinkercad.

  • Lesson 1 video - Create a half a sphere with keyring holder.zip 65.58 MB
  • Lesson 1 - Print Guide.pdf 42.19 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 2: Hollow the new Pobble part and group with keyring holder In this lesson, we'll learn how to hollow the new Pobble part and group with keyring holder.

  • Lesson 2 video - Hollow the new Pobble part.zip 97.04 MB
  • Lesson 2 - Print Guide.pdf 15.61 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 3: Create duplicate parts, add holes, and custom text In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a Duplicate hollowed Pobble part.

  • Lesson 3 video - Create duplicate hollowed Pobble part.zip 71.63 MB
  • Lesson 3 - Print Guide.pdf 14.3 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 4: Export, download, and send to Fusion 360 In this lesson, we'll learn how to lock both Pobble parts to prevent further edits and we'll export, download, and send the file to Fusion 360.

  • Lesson 4 video - Lock Parts, Export, Download, Send to Fusion.zip 91.56 MB
  • Lesson 4 - Print Guide.pdf 9.3 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 5: Autodesk Fusion 360 User Interface In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Fusion 360 interface.

  • Lesson 5 video - Fusion 360 UI.zip 68.12 MB
  • Lesson 5 - Print Guide.pdf 2.97 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 6: Create components, add chamfers, and fillets in Fusion 360 In this lesson, we'll learn how to create and rename components and we'll modify a design by adding chamfers and fillets.

  • Lesson 6 video - Create Components, Add Chamfers, and Fillets.zip 73.04 MB
  • Lesson 6 - Print Guide.pdf 3.52 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 7: Create and extrude custom text In this lessson, we'll learn how to create and extrude custom text.

  • Lesson 7 video - Create and Extrude Custom Text.zip 46.23 MB
  • Lesson 7 - Print Guide.pdf 4.27 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 8: Create rabbet edges to join the components In this lesson, we'll learn how to create rabbet edges to join the components.

  • Lesson 8 video - Create Rabbet Edges.zip 89.06 MB
  • Lesson 8 - Print Guide.pdf 9.41 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 9: Measure and Section Analysis In this lesson, we'll learn how to measure geometry and use section analysis in Fusion 360.

  • Lesson 9 - Measure and section analysis.zip 46.89 MB
  • Lesson 9 - Print Guide.pdf 4 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 10: Create STL files for 3D printing In this lesson, we'll create STL files for 3D printing.

  • Lesson 10 video - Create STL Files.zip 23.56 MB
  • Lesson 10 - Print Guide.pdf 2.42 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 11: Create technical drawings In this lesson, we'll learn how to create technical drawings.

  • Lesson 11 video - Create Technical Drawings.zip 55.67 MB
  • Lesson 11 - Print Guide.pdf 6.11 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 12: Assemble components and assign physical materials and appearances In this lesson, we'll learn how to assemble components and assign physical materials and appearances.

  • Lesson 12 video - Assemble Assign Materials and Appearances.zip 65.61 MB
  • Lesson 12 - Print Guide.pdf 7.68 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 13: Create cloud renders In this lesson, we'll learn how to create photorealistic cloud renders.

  • Lesson 13 video - Create Cloud Renders.zip 61.49 MB
  • Lesson 13 - Print Guide.pdf 7.53 MB PREVIEW

Course challenge assignment Introduction to CAD with Tinkercad and Fusion 360 challenge

  • Course Challenges.zip 181.72 KB

Course assessment Test questions - Introduction to CAD with Tinkercad and Fusion 360

  • Intro_CAD_Tinkercad_Fusion360_Quiz_with_answers.pdf 45.03 KB PREVIEW